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3:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Photovoltaic Tax Credit Rules Discussed at Public Hearing

Leslie Cole-Brooks (left), executive director of the Hawai'i Solar Energy Association testified at a public hearing conducted by Ted Shiraishi, administrative rules officer, Department of Taxation.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Taxation conducted a public hearing on solar photovoltaic tax credits today and is weighing the possibility of making a temporary rule permanent by the end of the year.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, solar PV industry leaders say the department is contributing to market uncertainty and hampering the state’s goal of achieving greater energy independence. 

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4:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will ask Legislature for $27 million next session

Department of Hawaiian Home Lands director, Jobie Masagatani, briefs lawmakers on actions taken since the State Audit earlier this year.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State Lawmakers received an update from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on its on-going efforts to correct deficiencies noted in a State Audit conducted earlier this year.   The department has come under fire for its handling of leases and enforcement of its rules.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Symphony Honolulu Condominium Construction Begins

Dignitaries untie a Maile lei to officially start construction on the Symphony Honolulu condominium project on the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapi'olani Boulevard.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Construction on a 43-story luxury residential condominium in a prime downtown location commenced today with a traditional Hawaiian Blessing and Ground-Breaking.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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Politics
4:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Honolulu City Council Committee Kills Sidewalk Ban

Mark Marlow, 51, has been sleeping on the same Waikiki sidewalk for 5 years.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State Representative Tom Brower created quite a controversy earlier this week with his sledge-hammer attacks on grocery shopping carts in Waikiki as his way to rid the area of homelessness.   The Honolulu City Council has been pursuing another method by creating a new law that would ban lying down on public sidewalks in certain districts.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has been following this story and filed this report. 

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Politics
1:40 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Kaka'ako Residents Fight to Keep their Views

Jesse Allen sits in front a 28th floor window at Royal Capitol Plaza that will be totally blocked if a second tower is approved for the 801 South Project.
Credit Jesse Allen

The Royal Capitol Plaza condominium was the first residential project approved by the Hawaii Community Development Authority 28 years ago.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, a new project being proposed next door to R-C-P would totally block views on the Ewa side of the building and owners want the project stopped.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Judge Sakamoto Rules Same-Sex Marriage is Legal

Attorney General David Louie defended the state and affirmed the legislature has the power to define marriage.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The legal challenge against the new law allowing same-sex marriage was heard in state Circuit Court today.   Governor Abercrombie signed the measure into law yesterday and a hearing was scheduled to hear a motion to stop the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses next month.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Governor Signs Marriage Equality into Law

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the Marriage Equality Bill into law with 150 invited lawmakers and supporters on hand.
Credit Neil Abercrombie

Governor Neil Abercrombie presided over an invitation-only bill signing ceremony at the Convention Center today. The state’s chief executive signed the Marriage Equality bill into law following a two-and-a-half week special legislative session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Senate Approves Marriage Equality Bill

Marriage Equality supporters celebrated their Senate victory, 19 in favor, 4 opposed, 2 excused.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the House version of the Marriage Equality Bill yesterday…clearing the way for the Governor to sign it into law tomorrow morning at 10:30

.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was at the State Capitol for the vote. 

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1:28 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Viral Hepatitis Cause for Hawai'i's Ranking for Highest Rate of Liver Cancer

Dr. Daniel Saltman, Waikiki Health and course director for Viral Hepatitis Hawai'i Update 2013 Conference, Nov. 16, at Queens Conference. www.viralhepHI.org.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i has the highest rate of liver cancer in the nation due to Viral Hepatitis. The community-based Hepatitis Free Hawai’i Coalition expects those rates to go up even higher in the coming years and its members are attempting to encourage more doctors to get involved to provide full treatment. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
3:07 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Economist Paul Brewbaker: Current Housing Boom is Not Enough

Pacific Palms condominium, 441 Lewers Street
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

What is priced at nearly 5-dollars a square inch with prices still rising?   Yes, a postage-size piece of real estate in Waikiki.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went to see the lowest priced fee simple studio apartment for sale in the area.     

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